The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance(DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation's suicides every year and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA has approximately 400 chapters in the united states with over 1,000 members.
1. Community- DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection
2. Inspiration- DBSA celebrates peers accomplishments, including those of the many talented successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.
3. Wisdom- DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices and lived experiences.
4. Responsibility- DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone
What Makes DBSA Unique
DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.
What's Different About DBSA
Peer-led More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers
Targeted DBSA focuses soley on depression and bipolar disorder.
Nationally recognized DBSA gets national recognition for peer specialist training services innovative. DBSA provides leading-edge interactive online resources.
Wellness-centered DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.